April 1st, 2007

white wine

German Wine Labels

A pilot named Don M. (from a couple of recent flights I did) gave me this information about buying German white wine. Since he was clearly knowledgeable on the subject, I took notes. These are the words he looks for when buying German wine for himself:

"Qualitizwein mit pradikat" is a high-quality, totally natural wine.

Ripeness of grapes ranges from kabinett (dry) to spatlese (medium dry) to auslese (sweetest).

"Trocken" designates a dry wine; "halbtrocken" a medium-dry wine.

He also added that he likes the wines from the Mosel/Saar/Ruwer river regions, which present a "slatey" flavor due to the soil.

(Don M., if you are reading this, let me know if I got any of this wrong!)